The costs of insecurity. Report Cna

 by Luigi Pereira

What emerges from a CNA study

The confinement and fear of Covid have given check to the thief. But the summer of 2022 in many ways, especially on the holiday front, is reminiscent of the pre-pandemic of 2019. Thefts in homes included? Perhaps. But if the forecasts on the tourist movement announcing a boom in vacationers in August and in the first part of September are confirmed, as everything seems, the risk exists.

Almost 500 per day, over 20 per hour

Reports of home burglaries in 2021 (provisional data from Istat) exceeded 182 thousand. That is to say almost 500 per day, more than twenty per hour, one every three minutes or so.

A widespread crime: 7.1 shots per thousand families with peaks of 8.4 thefts in the North and 7.8 in the Center; below average the South (4.9) and the Major Islands (3.7).

This is without counting the universe below the waterline of those who prefer not to report the crime for fear of retaliation or disillusionment with the possibility of identifying the culprits, attitudes that would further increase the numbers of the crime and justify the growing feeling of a greater danger than what emerges from the official numbers.

In fact, these heinous crimes, which disturb the intimacy of families and in many cases also result in acts of violence, always remain too many. And if the greatest merit of the reduction in crimes reported in the last decade certainly goes to the Police, a very strong deterrence action has been put in place by citizens. In fact, many Italian families have invested resources to reduce the risks of unwanted intrusions and potentially dangerous for their safety.

Cautious but not too much

The need to feel safe in their own home is pushing Italian adults to adopt home security and defense systems. Two out of three families have had an armored door mounted at the entrance of the house, a third has an alarm system, just under a third railings on doors and windows, three out of ten video cameras.

From these data, however, it emerges, notes CNA, how there are still many families who do not protect themselves. Not to mention the families who do not adapt their systems, unlike the criminals who follow step by step the evolution of the technique.

But how do you avoid nasty surprises? First of all considering that security is never superfluous. And that the expense, in these cases, is definitely worth the enterprise. All the more so in a period like this that guarantees support to families also on the front of defenses from criminals.

It is essential that all safety work is entrusted to specialized personnel, who use high quality and technologically updated products. Never as on this front the do-it-yourself is definitely inadvisable. If you suffer a theft and the system has been installed by unqualified personnel, in addition, the insurance will not recognize the compensation. The technical standard of reference provides upstream specific practices of analysis, both of the context surrounding the building and of the nature of the building and the goods contained before evaluating the type of system to be proposed and built in accordance with the law.

Going into the details of the work, it should be borne in mind that the simple signaling of the intrusion (the classic acoustic alarm, for example) now serves little in the face of a more arrogant crime than in the past, which on the one hand is also satisfied with small loot, put together in a few minutes, on the other does not hesitate to commit violent acts.

The cost of security

The cheapest solution to defend your home is represented by railings: for a fixed iron grating of medium size the expense is around 500 euros. The installation of an armored door costs an average of 1,500/1,700 euros. Relying on more sophisticated solutions – notes CNA Installazione Impianti – is necessarily more expensive. An anti-intrusion security system ranges from 1,800 to 4 thousand euros. The integration of the video-surveillance system ranges between one thousand and 2 thousand euros.

The tax opportunity

As part of the tax incentives made available to those who renovate their property – underlines CNA Installazione Impianti – security expenses are also included. Specifically, the part defined as "security bonus" includes all the renovation interventions that concern the defense of the property, both in property and in rent, including common parts of the building. For the purchase of anti-theft systems by December 31, Irpef deductions are provided, spread over ten years, equal to 50 percent of the expenditure incurred.